Soil Quality and Soil Health
Soil quality is how well soil does what we want it to do. More specifically, soil quality is the capacity of a specific kind of soil to function, within natural or managed ecosystem boundaries, to sustain plant and animal productivity, maintain or enhance water and air quality, and support human health and habitation. Soil Organic Matter and Soil Biology play a major role in soil Quality.
People have different ideas of what a quality soil is. For example:
Healthy soil gives us clean air and water, bountiful crops and forests, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes.
Soil does all this by performing five essential functions:
For more Soil Quality and Soil Health information in Colorado:
Contact or Visit your local Conservation District Office.
*Contact info is on each District’s Home Page.
Soil structure and fertility can vary greatly from place-to-place. Maps have been made of the differing soil types from all over the United States by the Natural Resource Conservation Service and are available for you to use. Click on the link below to learn why your area may need more or less water or fertilizer than your neighbor.
A CSU and NRCS partnership publication and website. Many articles and topics about small acreage management.
NRCS has launched a national soil health program. Tons of useful information on soil health and increasing your farm’s potential.
Green Cover Seed Co. provides over two dozen species of cover crop seeds, with in depth information on growing conditions, as well as advantages and disadvantages of each specie. A great source for cover crop information and seed orders.